How to Straighten Biracial Hair

by Robert Raphael

Avoid straightening hair frequently as it will damage your hair.

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If you are of biracial race and you want to straighten your hair, you can do so yourself without going to a salon. Professional hair treatments can be expensive and are costly to maintain. Since biracial hair tends to have an uneven texture, it is more challenging to straighten. It can be extremely hard to stick your hair up or comb it down with all the curls and waves. With easy-to-follow steps, you can straighten your hair and avoid damaging your hair's unique texture.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo for dry hair
  • Water
  • Cream conditioner
  • Clean towel
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Natural jojoba or coconut oil
  • Bonnet style blow-dryer
  • Ceramic flat iron
  • Hair pins
  • Anti-frizz serum
Step 1

Wash your hair using shampoo that has ingredients that contain natural oils to help hydrate your hair. Rinse it carefully with water.

Step 2

Condition your hair after rinsing and gently massage the cream conditioner onto your hair beginning at the tips, while working your way toward your scalp. Stop right about half an inch from your scalp.

Step 3

Rinse your hair with water and pat dry it using a clean towel.

Step 4

Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the ends of your hair, and combing your way toward your scalp.

Step 5

Allow your hair to air dry, as heat may easily damage biracial hair.

Step 6

Apply natural jojoba or coconut oil to your locks, gently massaging it from the tips of your hair to your scalp.

Step 7

Use a bonnet style blow-dryer to dry your hair, and to allow it to fully absorb the natural oil.

Step 8

Get your ceramic flat iron and test its heat settings. Use first the lowest heat settings for straightening your hair. Pin your hair up in sections and straighten first the section right above your neck.

Step 9

Move your way up from section to section, straightening your hair from its base to your scalp. Straighten just small sections of about an inch or so at a time.

Step 10

Apply your anti-frizz serum to your straightened hair to maintain its sheen.

Tips

  • Washing your hair too often may reduce its shine. Natural oil in selected shampoos can help keep your hair supple and prevent it from drying out. This makes it easier for you to straighten or style it.

Photo Credits

  • straightening hair image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Robert Raphael has been writing health and technology articles since 1993. His work has appeared in “Natural Living” magazine and “Extreme PC” magazine. Raphael received the Jonathan Melman Literary Award in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brandeis University.